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US Open 2018: Preview, Prize Money & how to watch live

The 2018 edition of the US Open starts on August 27th. This year, the total prize money is an absolute record. The winner, in both competitions, will receive $3,800,000. Qualifying in the second round brings a $93,000 check. The amount is the equivalent of winning an ATP 250 tournament, but the ATP / WTA points received are only 45. So it’s all about glory and money. And the competition will be fierce.

Men’s competition

Last year, the men’s event had a definite favorite: Roger Federer. However, the Swiss lost in the quarterfinals and Rafael Nadal won the trophy. So far, there is no definite favorite in men’s competition. We do not have a super player like Federer in 2017. We have, on the othe hand, more players with outstanding performances this year. Novak Djokovic is considered the favorite of the trophy in 2018. The Serbian is in an incredible return of form. Novak took Wimbledon and managed to be the only man to win all the Masters tournaments, with the victory in Cincinnati.

novak_djokovic_cincinnatiLet’s not forget that Novak is again the only player who has a positive record against his two big rivals: Nole leads Nadal with 27-25 and Federer with 24-22. Even more, Djokovic also leads Del Potro (14-4).
Rafael Nadal did not shine in the season after Roland Garros. Sure, he won the Rogers Cup and reached the Wimbledon semifinals. But Nadal seems to be in a slow drop in shape. On the other hand, the Spaniard is an indisputable world leader and will pull hard to defend the points won last year. It remains to be seen if Rafa is not already tired and his performance will start falling towards the end of the year.

Roger Federer seems to have reached the end of the line. Sure, the Swiss still plays at an incredible level for his age (37), but I do not think he will have the energy needed to win a new Grand Slam. It is possible to see him in the quarter-finals or even in the semifinals, but no further.

After an excellent start of the year, Juan Martin Del Potro entered somehow on a flat line. The Argentinian has not won a title since Indian Wells, which was played in March. Del Potro, however, had good progress in the tournaments that followed, which propelled him to the third place. We can say that Del Potro is in a good and stable form, ready to “explode” anytime.

From the young generation, Zverev still fails to keep a good and steady form. Obviously, the German has his chances at the US Open, but the volatility of the evolutions does not make him a true title contender. Grigor Dimitrov is in a clear drop of form, and Nick Kyrgios plays as nonchalantly as ever. Of all three, Kyrgios is the only one capable of a big upset in the first rounds, but he will get out before the semifinals.

Women’s competition

halep_hitting_ballLast year, in the women’s competition, the final was a surprise and ended with the victory of Sloane Stephens. Sloane has also played a new Grand Slam final this year at Roland Garros. But the only player to show great performance in the US Open Series is Simona Halep. She won the Rogers Cup and lost (hardly) the final at Cincinnati. However, bookmakers see Serena Williams as the top favorite, then Simona Halep. At a short distance, Kerber and Stephens are also in the list.
Let’s take a look at Serena Williams’s case.

The American has succeeded, just a few months after returning to the circuit, to play the Wimbledon final against Kerber. Williams had a poor evolution in the finals, and Kerber won easily. For Serena, a decline in form followed. She lost to Johanna Konta in San Jose and Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. Why is Serena considered the favorite at the US Open? Because she can always mobilize and win any tournament in any circumstances.
Logically, Simona Halep is the most in-form player in the circuit right now. For me, Halep is the favorite, followed by Kerber. The players that can produce surprises or upsets are Maria Sharapova, Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens.

US Open 2018 Prize Money

The tournament has record prize money this year: $ 50,565,840 for all competitions. Here’s a breakdown for ATP/WTA:

Winner – $3,800,000
Runner-Up – $1,850,000
Semifinalists – $925,000
Quarterfinalists – $475,000
Round of 16 – $266,000
Round of 32 – $156,000
Round of 64 – $93,000
Round of 128 – $54,000

US Open 2018 Live

US Open 2018 can be watched live in Europe on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. If you are in the US, you can make a Eurosport Player account using a VPN.

Below is a list of sites that are best to watch the event online:

US Open Live Streaming on Eusportslive: you have the official stream where you can watch all the games, but you need to access a betting company. If not, find links to free streams (in the Web Streams section) on the same site. I cannot put the links here for obvious reasons.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbdYMgh6dv0&w=560&h=315]

Another good way to find free streams is to search Google, but beware, not all sites are trustworthy.

ATP Finals London: Live Stream and Groups Preview (2017)

Live streaming of the ATP Finals in London will start on Sunday, 12 November 2017. The first match of the tournament is Federer vs Sock.

The ATP World Tour finals is all set to kick off from Sunday and it features the top eight players from around the world in the men’s game. The event includes Roger Federer, who is the World No.2, and Rafael Nadal, who leads the ATP rankings. They are placed as the top two seeds. The tournament will also comprise of Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria, Alexander Zverev from Germany, Jack Sock from the United States, David Goffin from Belgium, Dominic Thiem from Austria, and Marin Cilic from Croatia.
These eight players have been split up into two groups with four players each. Two of those players will reach the knockout stages.

Before we review the groups, here’s the live streaming info:

ATP Finals live streaming on tennisfans.tv

ATP Finals live streaming on livetv.sx

Group Pete Sampras:
Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, and Dominic Thiem
One of the biggest questions of this group is the availability of Rafael Nadal for latter stages in the tournament. His knee injury has been a major worry and it forced him to pull out of the Paris Masters. Even now, his participation is in doubt, but he has the biggest opportunity to win the title. Nadal has not been able to win this event after only managing to reach the finals in 2010 and 2013.
After having gone through a resurgent 2017 with titles at Roland Garros and US Open, Nadal is a likely candidate to win this event – if he is fit.
Dimitrov comes into the event with a reputation for aggressive in attacking tennis. His record against Nadal is a disappointing 1-10, but he has come close on the last few occasions. Dimitrov also has a poor record against Thiem but the Austrian has been going through a disappointing run of form over the last few months. Thiem has been able to get just two victories in his recent five tournaments. Thiem is also having a disadvantage in the head-to-head record against Nadal and Goffin. It would take a huge effort from Thiem to come out successful – or even get past the group stages.
Goffin has not been going through a great run, and he is also not a likely candidate to back for victory.

Group Boris Becker:
Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Jack Sock
Federer is unsurprisingly a strong candidate to win the title. He has been able to win the event six times, and he has also reached the final in three out of the last four editions. Even though he has not been able to lift the title since 2011, Federer comes on the back of a tremendous run of form in 2017.
The Swiss master has a strong 12-3 record against the three opponents. He is also helped by the inexperience of the players, as Sock and Zverev are featuring at the ATP finals for the first time in their careers. They are up against a formidable opponent in the form of Federer, who looks to have regained his former glory days. Yet, Zverev is the most promising in the group. The 20-year-old German decided to skip the NextGen finals in order to be part of this tournament.
Sock has had a surprise entry that he is unlikely to make much impact. The same also applies for Cilic, although he can be backed to reach the knockout stages.

ATP Vienna: Stars Head into the Erste Bank Open 500

The ATP World Tour enters into Vienna with the Erste Bank Open 500 hosting some of the biggest names in the sport. German Alexander Zverev is one of the participants along with Dominic Thiem, who happens to be a home favourite. These big names will be looking to win one of the final titles in the 2017 ATP Tour. Zverev is coming into the event hoping to get his title in Vienna for the first time, while he has been able to lift five titles in 2017. He has already made it to the Nitto ATP Finals after having won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Rome and Montreal. He comes into this event as the top seed.

Thiem has been placed as the second seed and he is the local boy coming into the event. It is not surprising that he has featured in seven editions of the tournament already. Thiem will also be taking part in the ATP finals and will have one eye on this event. The first game of the tournament will witness Thiem coming up against Andrey Rublev from Russia. Rublev is no easy opponent, as he was able to recently qualifying for the Next Gen ATP finals. This event will be held from November 7-11 in Milan.

Meanwhile, one of the favourites for the tournament, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, will be going up against Karen Khachanov as the eighth seed. He is aiming for his fourth title in 2017. The Erste Bank Open 500 promises to provide a great excitement.

Live Streaming:
Learn how to watch ATP Vienna live streaming on TennisFans.TV
You can signup on TennisTv.Com or try
Livetv.Sx

ATP Vienna and the Race to London

The conclusion of the 2017 Emirates ATP Race To London is coming to an end. Only two weeks are left in the race for this event and a couple of the qualification spots at the ATP finals are also up for grabs. The event is already set to witness Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Alexander Zverev, but the remaining places are yet to be confirmed for this prestigious event. It will be held at the O2 Arena in London from November 12 to 19.

Since four players will still be able to qualify for the event, the competition is intense between Kevin Anderson, Grigor Dimitrov, Sam Querrey, and Pablo Carreno Busta. The upcoming Erste Bank Open 500 that takes place in Vienna provides a great opportunity to qualify for the event. Meanwhile, the Swiss Indoors Basel will be providing the same opportunity for the likes of Juan Martin del Porto, Marin Cilic, and David Goffin. Dimitrov will be able to reach the London finals even now, as he takes on Juan Martin del Porto in the final of the Intrum Stockholm Open. Dimitrov will be able to reach London with a victory at Stockholm for a second title.

US Open 2017 Preview: almost half of the Top 10 players not present at the start.

This year’s US Open will be the last chance for Tennis players to win a Grand Slam. And if past events are anything to go by, the venue at Flushing Meadows has favorable odds for the top-end players. In fact, in the past decade or so, Marin Cilic is the only player outside of the top six seeds to have won the event.
However, given that Cilic’s victory is an isolated occurrence, we can feel confident about the seeding area. Surprise Grand Slam winners are still very much considered a rarity even if we will not be seeing the likes of Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka or Nishikori. Men’s Grand Slams hardly ever end up that way.
The forecast for New York appears to be hospitable.
The weather is expected to be bright and sunny with a mean temperature in the mid-20s C. As long as we do not see a temperature spike for week 2, it is best for players to keep away from the excessive heat that has affected the area before. They can be severe enough to cause players to retire even during an early round.
The speed of the court here is considered to be medium-slow. It is not expected to have much of an effect on a player genre.

In spite of a comprehensive loss to Alexander Zverev in Montreal, there is little to doubt Federer’s form. His calendar year record stands at 35-3, way beyond any other competitor on the tour and is yet to be beaten in Grand Slams.
Federer is 36 years old now but over the past 12 months, his performance on hard court has been nothing short of spectacular, only trailing Murray by 1.7% on service points and return points combined. Unfortunately, Andy Murray will not compete in the 2017 edition of the US Open, a thing which makes Federer the big favourite.

To catch the action live, there are several options:
US Open official live scores on the USOpen site.
US Open live streaming on Tennisfans.tv (the site is ads clean, but I am not sure if they will put up live links, but they tend to do so when it comes to Grand Slams)
US Open live stream option 2 on VipBox – the downside is that the site is full of ads.

Enjoy!